WELCOME TO THE BLOG TOUR FOR GIRL AT THE GRAVE BY TERI BAILEY BLACK – A EDGE OF THE SEAT THRILLER THAT I LOVED FINDING ANSWERS IN!
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Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.
Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.
Mystery/Thriller is one of my go to genres for getting out of a reading slump or even when I cant make a choice as to what I should read next.
I signed up for the Tour of Girl At The Grave at one such time; and I didn’t regret it.
Valentine’s mother was hanged for murder when she was 6 years old; resulting in her becoming the social pariah of the small town, Feavers Crossing, she lived in. The only chance she has of looking forward to her future is because a mysterious benefactor paid for her education in an exclusive private school!
While she is appreciative of this chance, she still keeps to herself; knowing that she is the butt of everyone’s jokes and sniggers. There is only one person she gets along with is her best friend, Sam, who works there. A friend who comes from circumstances even worse than her, and that’s the reason why they actually end up being comfortable with each other, and there is unconditional acceptance of each other, something that both of them desperately need.
There is no choice for the reader, except to respect and admire a girl who has matured with a spine arguably stronger than anyone else’s – and it was easy to have a high opinion of the girl whose sense of morality and courage OF a girl who has survived the worst.
The plot of the book though is quite interesting – while I was able to actually guess the major twist, which would have lessened the enjoyment of the story itself, but even then the twists kept coming and the way the book ended had me slack jawed!
There is only issue I end up having with YA Thrillers (or basically any YA book, tbh!) – its how the romance is handled in this genre and I really truly despise love triangles in YA books; which is exactly what happened here. While it was clear as day who Valentine would choose, it still felt weird that the author dragged on the romance for as long as she did.
Yet I would still recommend this book, for the twists and turns that surprised me even after guessing some of it made it for a definitely enjoyable read!
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Praise for GIRL AT THE GRAVE
“With its vibrant, atmospheric setting and lush, captivating prose, Girl at the Grave is a searing Gothic story of love and murder that will burn in readers’ hearts and minds long after reading.” ―#1 New York Times bestselling author Kerri Maniscalco
“Girl at the Grave kept me up late at night with its non-stop secrets, twists, and scandals. An entertaining homage to classic Gothic romances that will keep readers guessing until the very last chapter.” ―Cat Winters, author of Odd & True
INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY: 6 winners will receive a Copy of GIRL AT THE GRAVE by Teri Bailey Black.
Teri Bailey Black grew up near the beach in Southern California in a large, quirky family with no television or junk food, but an abundance of books and art supplies. She’s happiest when she’s creating things, whether it’s with words, fabric, or digging in the garden. She makes an amazing chocolate cherry cake—frequently. She and her husband have four children and live in Orange County, California. Girl at the Grave is her debut novel.